Atlas Shrugs Posts Diana West Piece Professing Ignorance of the Ethnic Nationalist Roots of Filip DeWinter
Diana West says (and once again, Pamela posted it) that:
Dewinter, Borghezio and Strache are not "racist-fascist" leaders. They are, in their very different styles, leaders--very popular (but not in the press!) elected leaders--who are bravely combating the smugly dictatorial, entrenched, leftist establishments of Europe which, as Bat Ye'or has explained in Eurabia and elsewhere, have made common cause with the Islamic world, exchanging their Western heritage for power and oil.
Dewinter, Borghezio and Strache are all Euro-skeptics, meaning they oppose the sovereignty-gobbling European Union. Dewinter and Borghezio are doubly revolutionary in that they also represent the secessionist movements of Flanders and Nothern Italy that want independence from Belgium and Italy respectively. (Here is an astute appraisal of Lega Nord, Vlaams Belang and the trend of "localism" in Europe by my good friend Paul Belien.) "Racist"? "Fascist"?
I don't like Le Pen, who is also appearing at the September 20 event. I can't even tell you what he stands for. (Last I heard, he was effectively pro-Islamization so long as Muslims speak French, so I can't imagine what his contribution to an anti-Islamization rally might be.) Last summer in Brussels, I also interviewed Carl Lang, a member of European Parliament for Le Pen's Front National, and concluded that this political party is in total disarray, and that the 80-year-old Le Pen himself will probably have to retire before any coherent anti-Islamization movement has a chance of evolving out of the political group Le Pen will eventually leave behind. (Coincidentally, Le Pen announced this week he will effectively retire in 2010.)
Last summer, when I asked Filip Dewinter about the upcoming event in Cologne/Koln, Le Pen wasn't even on the list of invitees. I don't pretend to follow the internal machinations of the group Cities Against Islamisation, so I can't explain how or why Le Pen came to be added to the list ...
Yes, Diana. Don't look too hard, or else you will actually come to understand more of the "internal machinations" than you would care to.
Pamela and Diana are both playing, "My right hand doesn't know what my left hand is doing."
As long as they can construct sentences which say things like, "I don't pretend to follow the internal machinations of the group Cities Against Islamisation, so I can't explain how or why Le Pen came to be added to the list ...", they can go on denying their knowledge of the Ethnic Nationalist philosophy of this movement.
Why is LePen invited?
Because he is Filip DeWinter's friend, as is evidenced by the fact that DeWinter keeps a photograph of himself and LePen on his bookshelf in his living room, where he spends time with his children. (you'll also note, right at the outset of this video, that DeWinter keeps a White Power cross on his bookshelf.)
DeWinter and LePen are tied together, and they are Ethnic Nationalists, which means that they promote the cause of keeping Europe balkanized by Ethnicity. Ultimately, this kind of political philosophy can only be enforced by laws which either limit the number of babies immigrants can have, or eliminate the immigrants through explusion, or worse.
And, by the way, there is plenty of information on the internet which will show you the links between DeWinter's party and various Nazis, and the British National Party, and David Duke.
Last fall, when this whole thing blew up (the October 2007 which Pamela references), one of the primary proponents of this movement, an odd lady named Christine Brim (who at the time headed the Center for Vigilant Freedom, the organization which organized the Belgium rally), openly called for alliances between the counter-Jihad movement and the British National Party.
The leader of the BNP is Nick Griffin, who is a Holocaust denier. Rare in the Ethnic Nationalist movement, Griffin does have the gift of subtlety, but other leaders of his party have repeatedly and often called for a "white Britain."